The 'Backwards' Research Guide for Writers - Using your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration - Sonya Huber

The 'Backwards' Research Guide for Writers - Using your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration - Sonya Huber

3. Areas of Expertise: Using What You Already Know

The 'Backwards' Research Guide for Writers - Using your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration - Sonya Huber

Sonya Huber [+-]
Fairfield University
Sonya Huber is an Assistant Professor teaching creative writing and composition at Fairfield University, Connecticut (USA). Her background includes sociology/anthropology at Carleton University, an M.A. in journalism, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University. Among her many publications in a wide variety of genres are the books Opa Nobody and Cover Me, A Health Insurance Memoir, both with the University of Nebraska Press; articles in Psychology Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Sojourner; and creative writing in Literary Mama and Fourth Genre.

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This chapter will focus on you as an expert. Even if you haven’t mastered arc-welding, solo mountaineering, or French cooking, you might discover that your low-key and everyday activities contain fascinating questions. Who would care, you ask, that you’re a master hedge-clipper or maybe the queen of the perfect grilled cheese sandwich? For now, let’s set the bar low and assume that if you’ve developed a skill, there’s a reason for it and it means something. As you have developed this skill, you have collected information and experiences that give you a sort of databank to draw on as you examine your life for possible research questions. Assume that your skills have meaning and that they will reveal the seeds of questions to research. All you have to do is to reflect and experiment with framing these skills in a new way.

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Huber, Sonya. 3. Areas of Expertise: Using What You Already Know. The 'Backwards' Research Guide for Writers - Using your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 69 - 84 Nov 2011. ISBN 9781845534424. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19608. Date accessed: 24 Nov 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19608. Nov 2011

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